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Chicago White Sox Notes, Quotes 2009-05-18

Chicago White Sox Notes, Quotes 2009-05-18
--LF Carlos Quentin left Toronto Sunday evening, going back to Chicago so he could get further treatment on his injured left foot Monday afternoon. "He's going to Chicago (Sunday night) and get some kind of treatment on Monday, so maybe Tuesday (he'll be back), who knows," acting manager Joey Cora said.

Quentin was actually scheduled to fly out of Toronto at 6 p.m. all along, but that changed Sunday afternoon, when he was getting the foot evaluated, hoping to stick it out. The problem was that the left-fielder had already received a cortisone shot in his left heel after missing time in the Cleveland series, and it seemed to take, considering he returned to the lineup on Friday night. But when news leaked out that he was scratched minutes before Saturday's game, the red flags came up. According to one team spokesman, the pain has now moved to the mid-foot area. It is not believed to be severe enough to land him on the 15-day disabled list.

--RHPs Lance Broadway (0-1, 2.84 ERA) and D.J. Carrasco (1-0, 3.00 ERA) each entered Sunday on recent rolls, but the Sox coaching staff is not looking at one of them as a safety net if LHP Clayton Richard falls on his face now that he's in the starting rotation. Richard has replaced RHP Jose Contreras, who was demoted to Class AAA Charlotte, hoping to find some consistency. "Clayton deserves the opportunity, and my feeling is he's going to keep the opportunity," pitching coach Don Cooper said. "He's shown every reason to believe that he can get over the hump. There is no reason to believe that Clayton Richard can't be a functional left-handed starting pitcher in the American League. If he doesn't do that I think we failed him. I'm not thinking about Plan B. I'm thinking he's going to nail it down."

--RHP Gavin Floyd's latest flop of a start on Sunday gave he and LHP John Danks a combined 4-7 record and 6.50 ERA in a season in which the two were counted on as being cornerstones of the starting rotation.

"I can talk about Danks and Floyd in a nutshell: Both of these guys are being expected to go from the question marks to cornerstones," pitching coach Don Cooper explained. "Everything they did last year, certainly gave us the hopes that they could make that jump. It's not happening right now, and the reason it's not happening right now is because we're not getting ahead in the count, we're not throwing strike one, we're not getting ahead of hitters as much as we did, and along with that we are making some mistakes. And that's not to say that it still isn't going to happen. We're rolling up our sleeves and trying to get better at this. When a team loses, it's usually the team that didn't throw as many quality pitches."

BY THE NUMBERS: 15-21 -- The worst start the Sox have had through their first 36 games, going back to the 2001 season in which they began the year 14-22.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "I think we're frustrated as they are because they are frustrated, too. But it's early enough in the season to where we can get it going. Hopefully. We got a lot of pieces that haven't been going yet, so hopefully, according to their pasts, if they do what they're supposed to do, we'll be fine. We keep waiting on that and we keep hoping." -- Sox bench coach Joey Cora on the slow start the Sox have had, especially offensively.

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Added: May 18, 2009

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